Next Stop: Locally Made Raw-Milk Cheese?

With raw milk entering the local ecosystem, raw-milk cheese can’t be far behind. In his new book Tyler Florence Fresh ($35, Clarkson Potter, 2912), the Food Network chef/author/winemaker makes a case for unpasteurized cheese:

“Raw milk cheeses reside at the center of the debate on fat consumption vs. probiotic health. The French eat 60 percent more natural, probiotic-rich, raw, unpasteurized cheese than we do here in the United States, yet only 8 percent of the French are considered overweight. The question, ‘How can they consume so much fat and be so healthy at the same time?’ is known as the French paradox. …

The probiotics found in fermented foods like cheese and yogurt balance your digestion. Artisanal cheese makers in the United States are making sensational, unctuous cheeses that you’ll love. To get the full benefit of raw cheese, I also recommend you look for cheese made with organic milk from grass-fed cows. Not only is it delicious, but natural, healthy grass-fed milk makes cheese with incredible concentrations of mega-3 fatty acids. And amazing raw cheese and a bottle of Pommard Premier Cru? I’d be a lab rat any day.”

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Legendary chef Pierre Gagnaire is in the house to debut his 2013 tasting menu. Known for his sense of whimsy and innovation while at the same time emphasizing local ingredients, Gagnaire offers two seatings on Dec. 31. The first features four courses, including spiny lobster fricassee with mango étouffée and poached filet of sole with baby oysters. The second seating includes those and adds a starter of Ossetra caviar and a Gagnaire’s New Year’s Stew.